By David Dembo | Oct. 28, 2021
Inequities pervade the modern world, despite our technological advances and a growing awareness of the importance of human rights.
For example, while countries like Australia and New Zealand offer their citizens some of the best quality of life anywhere in the world, with health systems ranking among the highest on performance indices in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), a deeper look shows the likelihood of a positive outcome for a citizen presenting at a hospital on a given day, in a given place, is far from equitable.
Variation across health systems in Australia and New Zealand drives this disparity in outcomes. Not all hospitals are the same; they differ in the services …